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Turkuaz Live at Commons Beach on 2014-07-06

by Turkuaz

Turkuaz; Commons Beach, Tahoe City, CA 06-JULY-2014

Credible bios are supposed to be objective and not full of superlatives and hyperbole, but it’s hard to avoid gushing when the subject is a funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who—even on an off night—can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone. That’s one way to describe Turkuaz, but it doesn’t address the music. In this regard, as with any band, influences are everything. One cannot escape them as one seeks to carve out a unique sound for themselves. Still, there are so many benefits to having Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James, Parliament and Bohannon in your record collection. With this as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of jittery, world-pop-power groove—reminiscent of Remain In Light era Talking Heads—and a passion for Motown and R&B, resulting in a refreshing twist on the funk idiom.

Turkuaz certainly does have sheer size in their favor, but when broken down into the basic components, each stands out on their own. Founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell had the cream of the crop to choose from at Berklee, but making it happen as a large touring ensemble takes more than chops: it takes the right blend of personalities. When Turkuaz takes the stage, the chemistry is clear. The special combination of elements—singers in sequined dresses, guys in tails (or sometimes all of them in jumpsuits or other complimentary outfits) horns, keys, guitars, amps and drums and smiles all around… well, it’s easy to get caught up in the explosive auditory and visual circus and find oneself dancing. Despite all of the gear and people on stage, it becomes clear that it is not the size that matters here: it is the performance. (From Facebook,

Dave Brandwein]
[Taylor Shell]
[Craig Brodhead]
[Michelangelo Carubba]
[Greg Sanderson]
[Joshua Schwartz]
[Chris Brouwers]
[Geneva Williams]
[Sammi Garett]

A Big Tree Production

Recorded By: RasBobre
Board Matrix Mixed By: Charles Mallett
Mic Location: Stage Left on Stack, 1st Set - Elevated Approx. 9 feet off
floor on stack. 2nd Set - Stage Left, Right of stack (wind protected), Approx. 4 feet off floor.

AT853 > SBD > Tascam DR-2d > Audacity (50/50 Matrix) > X Audio Compression Toolkit > > You

Collection Turkuaz
Band/Artist Turkuaz
Venue Commons Beach
Location Tahoe City, CA

Source AT853 > SBD > Tascam DR-2d
Taped by RasBobre
Transferred by Robert Ordway


Reviewer: greasemaster9000 - - September 16, 2014
Subject: Great Show, as always!
Almost Complete Setlist
1. Chatte Lunatique
2. M'Lady
3. The Mountain> Coast to Coast
4. Tiptoe Through The Crypto
5. Hold On, I'm Coming
6. Honky Tonk Women
7. Future 86
8. Lookin' Tough, Feelin' Good
9. Slippery People
10. Monkey Fingers

Set 2
1. Typa-Lika
2. Nightswimming
3. Gimme Some Lovin
4. ???
5. Feelin' Alright
6. The Rules
7. Back To Normal
8. I've Got a Feeling
9. Murderface
10. Bubba Slide
11. Pickin' Up
12. The Shape I'm In
13. Encore Break
14. 20 Dollar Bill
15. Take Me To The River